Before 2020, organizations all over the world were already adopting cloud-native technologies in droves. And then the pandemic hit…Cloud adoption soared, as business leaders looked for new ways to get more value out of existing IT assets. As a provider of professional cloud services, ClearScale witnessed this movement first hand.

Our team worked alongside companies and nonprofit organizations on a myriad of cloud consulting services. We executed large-scale migrations, implemented serverless solutions, and packaged legacy apps in agile containers. We used machine learning to build recommendation engines and set up data pipelines to stream rich intelligence in real-time. Put simply, we were busy.

Along the way, we shared our expertise on our blog to help others navigate the complex, yet exciting world of cloud computing. After looking back through our traffic data, we identified five posts in particular that readers found useful in 2020. Here, we recap each of those articles and link back to the full posts so that you can quickly access what you need.

5. 8 Reasons to Migrate to the Cloud in 2020

Organizations migrate their IT infrastructure to the cloud for many reasons. Some want to reduce database costs and implement advanced analytics. Others want to accelerate application development and adopt DevOps best practices. Fortunately, there is no one right answer. In our blog post 8 Reasons to Migrate to the Cloud in 2020, we summarized the top drivers that we see through our work as an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Premier Partner. If you aren’t sure how a migration could benefit your organization, this list may help spark some ideas.

4. Building Data Lakes with AWS Lake Formation

Every day, we create a tremendous amount of data that could be used to improve decision-making, enhance products, and deliver better services. However, many organizations don’t have the data infrastructure to do this effectively. Data engineers need powerful tools and scalable repositories that integrate seamlessly with mission-critical applications. In our post Building Data Lakes with AWS Lake Formation, we share how AWS makes the process of setting up scalable data lakes easy. Read on to learn how you can use AWS Lake Formation in your business.

3. The Before You Migrate to the Cloud To-do List

Executing a large-scale cloud migration is a complicated endeavor. To ensure everything goes as planned, there are a number of steps you should do in preparation. For example, we recommend that IT teams conduct an inventory of all existing IT assets, map out any dependencies, and perform a thorough Business Impact Analysis before moving forward. Our post The Before You Migrate to the Cloud To-do List captures everything you need to know before embarking on your cloud journey.

2. Native Development: One Codebase. Four Platforms. A Multitude of Benefits.

It’s a widely accepted truth that native app development is the best way to maximize performance and optimize the user experience. On the downside, following the native approach means that software engineering teams have to write different code for different operating systems. Fortunately, our team figured out a way to integrate an AWS software development kit (SDK) with Apple Catalyst so that any apps we develop can run on four different platforms using a single codebase. To learn more about how we did this, check out our blog post, Native Development: One Codebase. Four Platforms. A Multitude of Benefits.

1. Five Steps for Calculating AWS Cloud Migration Costs

One of the biggest reasons why organizations don’t migrate to the cloud is because they are uncertain about whether the financial investment is worth it. Without a clear sense of what to expect, it’s hard to calculate the potential return and financial impact of a migration. Based on our cloud migration experience, we put together a list of five simple steps to help business leaders project their migration costs. Use our blog post Five Steps for Calculating AWS Cloud Migration Costs to get started in the right direction.

Follow along on our blog as we continue publishing content to help organizations take full advantage of the AWS cloud in 2021.

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